Review Of The Safety Collective & Web Society at Homegrown Hamilton.

*Note: I did a few things in one night, so I’ll be doing one of my rare combination reviews.

There are some nights in Hamilton. I don’t know where they’ll take me, and I’m glad they went that way.

I had one such night on the 12th.

After viewing artist Pat Bellamy’s latest collection at Hammer City Records, I headed to Homegrown Hamilton to see The Safety Collective and Web Society. (The poster had the show tagged as ‘2 bands, 3 hours of music’ or something along that line. So I was all for going.)

Along with a great show by the artist and the bands, I got a preview of a new zine, I tried my hand at bass, and stumbled on either the beginning or end of a secret show.

This was my night:

1st event: Viewing Pat Bellamy’s collection.

The style of Pat Bellamy, no matter the medium he chooses to expresses himself in, demands either a good long look or a couple of quick takes where you see something different each time.

The reason?  The art contains a lot. Little jokes. Great colours. Things we can relate to. And that’s just what I’m took away from it. As with all art, I’m sure others see different things from me, and I’m sure Pat himself has a completely different take as the actually creator of the collection.

The collection is fantastic, and I encourage everyone to see it before the next Art Crawl. It’s on display at Hammer City Records. (228 James St. North.)

2nd event: Seeing A Little Bit Of A Secret Show.

I won’t reveal the band, (it’s a secret), but I got to see the either the end or beginning of their show in the alleyway of Hammer City Records. While I obviously wish I could have seen more, it was really fun to stumble into something I hadn’t even been looking for. That’s what I think adventures are.

3rd Event: Receiving and reading the preview of Clusterbomb.

Along with being the drummer of Web Society, Stephen Petrina is also a great artist and has a fantastic way with words. He’s been talking about doing a zine for a while, and I’ve been waiting impatiently for a while.

Well, the preview for the zine finally got here. And let’s say I’m waiting impatiently again. For the first issue. (The preview was telling everyone what they could expect, some drawings, and the like.)  I think Clusterbomb is going to be good.

4th Event: Seeing The Bands.

This was the last part of my night, and I had expected it to be quiet and a sit-down kind of event. Not so, and that isn’t a bad thing.

1st Band: Web Society.

I’ve seen Web Society a fair number of times, and the best sets are always the ones where they mix things up.

The night of Art Crawl, the band had one of those sets. They gave one of the best performances I’ve seen them give. (Rivaled only by their hometown Stoney Creek show.) They played much of their ‘Gutter’ demo material, which I thought was awesome. (Those songs are my personal favorites of theirs.) And the three generally kicked ass through their words and instruments.

It’s not often I’ll give a show Historical status, but there you have it. Web Society had a set that I’ll keep in my Historical files. (Believe me, it’s a select few.)

10 out of 10.

 

2nd Band: The Safety Collective.

Lest anyone get the wrong idea, The Safety Collective was not to be out-done.

Singer Stephen James Hanson was sick, but he played awesomely to the end of the set. The other two band members were no slack-a*ses either. The drummer broke out a mini hip-hop set, and the bass player was lightning quick and capable when it came to switching between all three instruments.

And that’s what I think the band’s two strengths are. Switching, and social activism.

They change instruments regularly. They mix genres.  All the vocal stylings are different. But in-between songs, and the songs content themselves, talk about either our city or world; and what can be done to make it better.

But if two things also remain the same for The Safety Collective, it’s that they seem to put their fans enjoyment and knowledge first.

I’m giving this set a Historical stamp too. I’ve never seen live hip-hop before, I’m all for a good cause, and I love awesome music.

10 out of 10.

 

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